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  1. Did FC bite off more than they can chew by joining this conference?
  2. CN wants in to The HCC. Good first step
  3. We reach the magic 280 number as follows : 6A - 32 5A - 54 4A - 54 3A - 54 2A - 54 1A - 32 Expected realized contraction benefits : * Improved overall competitive balance * Elimination of non competitive programs * Elimination of in season game cancellations * Reduction in injuries due to competitive / size mismatches * More balanced distribution of schools by class * Significant cost savings for schools contracting non competitive programs * Potential conference realignment to replace contracted programs, resulting in overall improved conference strength from top to bottom * Reduced travel expense as many contracted programs are geographic outliers * More competitive post season tournament
  4. DT

    Alliance of American Football

    Every story has an outlier. Warner is no different. He is the extreme exception to the rule. It happens on the rare occasion.
  5. Contraction candidates are not hard to identify. Just take a look at the bottom of the sagarin rankings by class. Heck, we might get to 180 using that criteria Lol
  6. No need for another shot Permanent contraction is the only choice. Others need to follow to improve overall competitive balance 280 is the targeted goal.
  7. Big congratulations to my niece Caitlyn Phillips and the Crown Point Lady Bulldogs, who just completed a 23-0 regular season and head into the tournament as the #4 ranked team in Class 4A. Caitlyn is a 3 year starter for CP and the floor general from her guard position. Caitlyn has had a spectacular high school career, playing a key role as a sophomore starter on the 2017 Crown Point girls state championship softball team. I am hoping the Lady Dawgs roll to semi state and meet up with #1 ranked Hamilton Southeastern, who is coached by my old next door neighbor in Highland, Chris Huppenthal. Chris is one of the all time top high school coaches in state history. Of course, Ill be pulling for CP 😀 Go Lady Dawgs!
  8. Well, we are getting the ultimate matchup we had hoped for. Our 28-0 Crown Point Bulldogs will face top ranked 25-1 Hamilton Southeastern in the girls semi state this weekend. My niece Caitlyn Phillips continues to lead the CP attack, and childhood friend Chris Huppenthal will be leading the opposing side as his Royals look to advance to the finals. Lets go Dawgs. Two more to go!!!
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  10. 1. Should be very interesting to see what Bart Curtis can do in year 2 at Warsaw. The Tigers had an outstanding season in 2018 under Curtis, and one can can only assume that the program will burst forward in Year 2 as long as the talent holds up. Warsaw has a potentially huge numbers advantage over other NLC schools, anticipating that more kids come out and want to get in on the action. I look for a similar trajectory for Warsaw under Curtis as what we saw at Mishawaka. Big question for Curtis. Can he move his program into state title contention in Class 6A? Thats a big mountain to climb, but you've got to think its on his radar. 2. Got a feeling we are going to see a similar program breakout from Homestead very soon. These two programs could be positioning as the new big school standard bearers in NE Indiana. Yes, Snider will have a say so in this argument. The long term trends however favor the bigger suburban schools. 3. Not a big fan of the new Pike coaching hire, but Red Devil supporters seem to be pretty psyched about the hiring of Pat Echeverria. I was expecting a bigger splash, given Pikes challenges in The MIC. The program needs an identity. It really has none at this point. What is Coach E's signature imprint that he will put on the program that gives it a chance to move up the pecking order in The MIC? 4. Lake Central is having a miserable boys basketball season, and we are hearing about the same lack of talent excuses that we heard about the football program. This is a school with 3000 plus students, far and away the biggest in NW Indiana. Where have all the athletes gone? LC used to be a perennial threat in both sports, with plenty of D1 athletes spread out over the years. Kids just are not playing high school sports like they used to. LC might be one of the bigest victims of this current trend. 5. Has Laporte named a new HC? This should be a gem of a job. 6. John Rodenburg enters year 2 at Lawrence Central on the heels of a disappointing 4-7 season in 2018 in his first year at the helm of the Bears program. Certainly expectations will be ratcheted up in year 2 for Rodenburgs program. LC is blessed with an abundance of top level athletic talent. At the top of their game, they have been able to compete toe to oe with the top MIC powers. This is clearly why Roden burg chose this job in the first place. Now, the pressure is on the staff to harness that talent and make a move i conference and post season play. 7. Fans will be watching for progress at Greenfield Central under first year HC Travis Nolting. Nolting had a great run at 1A North Central Farmersburg. Now, can he work his magic at the 5A level at a program that has sunk to all time depths? Observers note that their is plenty of talent at the school. Will they buy in to Coach Nolting's recruiting pitch? 8.
  11. DT

    Alliance of American Football

    This is just football overkill. In the period of contraction, why are we seeing more leagues All this league does is delay the onset of real life for these athletes, most or all who have already been thoroughly evaluated and passed over for their shot at the NFL The season is long enough already Its time for baseball
  12. As a financial and content contributor to this site, I would say I have plenty of skin in the game. Shame on you.
  13. I remember seeing the Roncalli at Center Grove season opener in 2004. It felt like a college football atmosphere. CGs JB Paxson was the top ranked recruit in Indiana and near the top of the list nationwide. Roncalli was loaded with D1 talent in Werner, Kuntz and Tim Sergi. Place was absolutely packed. Roncalli dominated and shut down the favored Trojans Helluva game and great fun to watch.
  14. I received a very nice PM from Coach Nolting. Class guy. Good luck Coach at GC. Hoping you can get things turned in a positive direction, and quickly.
  15. A few quick questions regarding the GC program? What are the primary components of the overall strategy to get this program up off the mat and heading back in the right direction? Is there any football talent currently in the school? Is program awareness in the halls growing as a result of the coaching change? Have you had an opportunity to assess the feeder and youth systems? Will you be making any changes to the uniforms? What are your initial goals for the program? Is the community involved? Is the administration following thru on the commitments they made to support the program rebuild? Is GC planning on remaining in the HHC for the long term? What was it that drew you to this opportunity?
  16. Dont know. I have heard this over the past year or so. HSE and Fishers are both at or near 3000 students, which is full capacity plus for both schools. District continues to grow. They will add a 3rd school.
  17. DT

    Mercy Rule

    I think you are referring primarily to the Ohio Capitol Conference, in Columbus. The OCC recently realigned, with the emphasis placed on creating better competitive balance. This makes good sense in Ohio, which is a playoff qualification state. Regular season results mean everything. With Indiana's all in format, regular season competitive balance is a non issue, so no need to realign unless specific schools choose to initiate on their own. Hobart did this in 2003 when they left the Duneland for the Lake Athletic. They could no longer compete at "their" desired level against the bigger schools in the conference, so they bailed.
  18. Any insight into where Pike is heading with their coaching search. No update on the Harrell site.
  19. DT

    Mercy Rule

    Id like to see conferences start to force non competitive schools out of their leagues. There are many examples of this across the state. Extreme non competitive programs create a lot of problems for the schools who actually take football seriously. Cancellations Forfeitures Mercy rule Bad injuries due to physical mismatches Chronic low numbers Chronic apathy If schools who are plagued by chronic contraction related issues wont contract on their own, perhaps the healthy programs can take the initiative and give them a push out the door. This would be in the mutual best interests of all involved parties.
  20. DT

    Mercy Rule

    Schools that are consistently needing the mercy rule to save themselves from annihilation should consider contraction.
  21. The bigger issue here is the current member count of 500 and whether or not it will recover to anywhere near pre crash levels
  22. Again. I strongly disagree that GID conference thread followers will take their business elsewhere en masse were the GID to go pay only. Just don't see it happening. Look at the measley numbers we have here post crash. People will throw in the towel rather than try to move their sub community to another site.
  23. Fishers and HSE have both had sustained success sin ce fishers opened 15 years ago. There is talk of a third high school now opening in that district. What impact will that have on the two other schools, which are both in a bit of a down cycle now? Davidson remains strong, but they are not the statewide power they used to be. Bradley has had more talent the past few years and the better overall record and performance.